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Music News: Beth Orton deletes video featuring spray-painted Joshua tree

An image from the '1973' video

Beth Orton has taken down the video for her song “1973,” after being criticized for spray-painting a Joshua tree in the video. Joshua trees are under government protection, and painting them can be harmful. Orton says she believed the tree was dead when she applied the paint, and that she is “truly devastated” to learn she might have harmed a living tree. (Billboard)

Today’s Prince news

On Instagram, Questlove has shared a list of 40 reasons — some tongue-in-cheek, some serious — why Prince was a “#HipHopPioneer.” (Rolling Stone)

1st i chuckled cause well…—ok it's been a min since I saw The Source but after I pondered —-yeah it made sense: 1) came from troubled home 2) limited access to music forces him to create his own world of music 3) Overcame Poverty 4) creates fictional background tales to keep the press guessing 5) lives by the DIY creed 6) takes fashion taboos & makes them mainstream and acceptable 7) cock blocks & steals yo lady on the low (ask Rick) 8) puts his crew on—get them deals & makes them stars 9) pretty much wrote the book on gettin some better than any of his contemporaries 10) had beef w his peers who hated on him 11) invented the remix (not disco edits, but reimagining the album version) 12) played mystery card—let us think what we wanted—gave the press middle finger 13) ghostwrote for everyone 14) used mad aliases 15) refused 2 b ordinary & eschewed the proper English language as a ways 2 communicate 16) knew the B side wins again and again 17) used the exotic honey to his advantage 18) used his music to give his views on the po po, politicians, gun control, war, god, squares & "the man" 19) turned a long music video into a revolution 20) best drum machine programmer ever 21) used synthesizers as a way of life 22) could make an entire album in less than a week 23) balled so hard in Paris & other parts of France—so he made a film about it. 24) cut his crew off and got a new crew. 25) went all hippie like it was nothing. 26) made dis records 27) never wifed em, mostly replaced em 28)started his own label 29) Parental Advisory was invented because of him 30) made a Black Album w a chip on shoulder to prove to black people he was still bad. 31) plays sports better than u 32) had mad songs in the stash 33) had an MTV mansion/compound long before anyone did 34) changed looks constantly 35)dropped music on the net in record time 36) looked out for his peeps on the low doing benefits and raising money like a modern day Robin Hood 37) tries taking on the man for his complete freedom 38) couldn't tell him NOTHING 39) always escaped into thin air 40) left us way too early #PrinceRogersNelson #HipHopPioneer. @TheSource.

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On Sunday, the St. Paul Saints played a “purple game” in honor of Prince. The game, which broke a franchise attendance record, featured a Corvette auction for charity and ended with purple fireworks. (The Current)

Chance the Rapper and Donnie Trumpet share unused material

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of their album SurfChance the Rapper and Donnie Trumpet have shared a ten-minute mix of unreleased material recorded during the sessions for that album. (Pitchfork) See Chance next month at Rock the Garden.

Dessners and Vernon announce Paris show

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner will be among the special guests joining Bryce Dessner at a Sept. 25 concert — called “Invisible Bridge” — in Paris. (Pitchfork)

Troy Ave charged in concert shooting

Troy Ave, a rapper, has been charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the wake of a deadly backstage shooting last week at a T.I. concert in New York. (New York Times)

Kanye robbed

Kanye West’s personal studio in Calabasas, Calif. has reportedly been robbed of $20,000 in computers and other gear. According to TMZ, “no sensitive information was compromised” due to West’s electronic security precautions.

Snoop says nope to Roots

Snoop Dogg has sharply criticized the new Roots miniseries, which premiered Monday night. The rapper says he’s tired of shows that retread the events of the slavery era. “Let’s create our own s–t based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today,” Snoop said in a video posted to Instagram. (Rolling Stone)

Keith Emerson honored at tribute concert

The late Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) was honored with a three-hour tribute concert on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Mark Bonilla, who collaborated with Emerson in the Keith Emerson Band, led the proceedings, which featured guests including Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Michelle Moog-Koussa (daughter of Moog synthesizer inventor Robert Moog), and Emerson’s son Aaron Emerson. (Billboard)

Courtney covers the Dead

Courtney Barnett stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday to perform “New Speedway Boogie” — a Grateful Dead song she recorded for the tribute set Day of the Dead. Hear the studio version below, and see the Tonight Show performance at Rolling Stone.

Bono joins Bruce in Dublin

Bruce Springsteen’s River tour hit Dublin this weekend; at a Sunday show, Springsteen and the E Street Band were joined by Bono for a rendition of “Because the Night” — a song Springsteen co-wrote with Patti Smith, and was first recorded by her. (Rolling Stone) Read Jay Gabler’s review of the River tour stop in St. Paul.